James J. Nowak, age 69 of Warsaw, passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 7:24 a.m. in his home where he was surrounded by his loving family.
Nowak, was born on January 4, 1951 in South Bend. He was the son of Joseph and Joyce (Goss) Nowak and was a proud graduate of Marian High School in Mishawaka. He was a lifelong learner, completing his undergraduate education at Tri-State University and later earning a Master’s in business from Notre Dame University.
Nowak worked in banking. He retired in January 2016 after dedicating more than 24 years to Lake City Bank. He spent more than twelve years with First National Bank before that. He loved numbers and was a wiz with math. He was also kind and caring, helping many people with their taxes at no charge. His compassion showed in everything he did including his service to the boards of Bowen Center, Beaman Home, YMCA, United Way and several others. He was detail-oriented, quick-witted and kind.
More personally, Nowak was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force. He coached bowling for many years and enjoyed golfing and target shooting. He was a die-hard Notre Dame Football fan and was the longtime host of Chili Saturday – a gathering of friends and family held on the weekend of the first home game. He was strong in his faith and his faith was very important to him; he was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
On September 9, 1972, Nowak was united in marriage to Linda Parrish. They spent more than forty-seven years together before his Thursday morning passing. Also surviving are their two children: Paul (Kate) Nowak and Jennifer (Bryan) Garrett and five grandchildren: Dylan Rose; Maddie Nowak; Jacob Nowak; Carlee Rose and Sam Nowak – all of Warsaw. Also surviving is his sister, Jo Ellen (Stephen) Miller of South Bend. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Joyce Nowak.
Nowak’s Life Celebration is entrusted to Titus Funeral Home though services are being held privately. Burial will take place in Oakwood Cemetery. A gathering of friends and family is being planned for a later date.
Memorial gifts may be directed to Sacred Heart Catholic Church and School, 135 N. Harrison St., Warsaw, IN 46580 or to The Beaman Home, PO Box 12, Warsaw, IN 46581. Written condolences may be sent to the family through Titus Funeral Home at 2000 East Sheridan Street, Warsaw or online via their website at www.TitusFuneralHome.com